Leading Creative Collaboration: Three Key Skills (And Where I Fail)

What are the three key skills that enable groups to collaborate? What capabilities make it possible for “collective genius” to emerge from a successful innovation process? According to Prof Linda Hill of Harvard University, the key skills are: Inquiry Listening Advocacy. In her TED talk (below) she says: “Individuals in innovative organizations learn how to…

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Why Effective Collaboration Takes Longer Than You Think

I’m excited to announce that today, my shiny new Collaboration Dynamics podcast went live on iTunes. Check it out – if you’re curious about how people really think about working with other people, you’ll find it interesting. I hoped it would launch on Friday – and it’s now Wednesday. Hosftadter’s Law strikes again. “Everything takes longer than you…

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How To Ask For Help

What are you like about asking for help? I hate it! Not all “asking for help”, of course. I don’t mind asking someone to lift the other end of a table, for example. But asking for real help, with stuff that matters? Just the thought of it brings a massive wave of emotion up through…

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Instant Change With Clean Language

How fast does change need to happen to qualify as “instant”? It’s an important question, particularly for agents of change and their clients. An “instant weight loss solution”, for example, could be very inconvenient. What if your trousers fell down before you had time to tighten your belt? And yet nobody would expect an “instant…

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What Kind Of Wizard Are You?

On my weekly call with my Metaphor Mastery students last night, we got talking about the relationship between classic “archetypes” and the kind of unique, personal metaphors that tend to be explored using Clean Language. For example, an agent of change such as a coach or trainer tends to be identified with a “wizard” archetype.…

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